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Reflected Destinies – Florence Keeling

Just a quickie from me today – if you’re looking for something to read this summer, why not have a look at Reflected Destinies by Florence Keeling. This book is high up on my “To Be Read” list, so I will definitely be getting stuck into this summer. Keep your eyes peeled for a full review in a few weeks. What’s it all about I hear you ask! Well, here’s the blurb:

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Laura is happy and content, she has a new boyfriend and loves her job teaching primary school pupils in London.  But when she inherits a rundown house from a stranger on her 30th birthday, memories of her prom night come flooding back, memories of a scary encounter and an antique mirror in the very same house.

Laura visits the house with all its secrets and as she unravels the clues she reveals the biggest secret of all: her own destiny.  But how can you change the future if it’s already written in the past?

Sounds good doesn’t it? If you are interested, you can pick up your copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Florence Keeling adopted for her pen-name her Great Grandmother’s name, chosen because of the shared birthday of April Fool’s Day.  She is married with two teenage chidren.  Born and raised in Coventry, England she now lives just outside in Nuneaton.  Reflected Destinies is her first novel.

Florence Keeling also writes for children under the name of Lily Mae Walters.

If you would like to know more about Florence, head on over to her social media.

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She’s Not Gone – Sarah Northwood

In the course of my writing adventure and my meanderings through Facebook (okay, the hours I spend gossiping about books and writing in the Fiction Cafe groups), I was lucky enough to get chatting with the lovely Sarah Northwood. Sarah is a talented writer and poet, and I am absolutely thrilled that she is allowing me to share some excerpts from her psychological thriller, She’s Not Gone. Let’s start with the blurb though, so you know what to expect.

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A gripping psychological thriller with a twist of evil and a slice of the supernatural. 

When Daryl charms his way into Katie’s life, sweeping her off her feet, she thinks she’s found the love of her life. Until he cuts her off from her friends and starts to control everything in her life, right down to the food she puts on her plate.

There is a monster inside of Daryl that plays on his insecurities, and the monster is ready to come out and play. 

Will Katie make the most important decision of her life before it’s too late? 

Who will protect her when she discovers Daryl’s deadly secret?

Sounds great doesn’t it. If you are tempted by the blurb, you can buy Sarah’s book here. Now for the fun part where we get a sneaky peek of what is hiding between the pages.

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Excerpt from Chapter one

The pavement is awkwardly narrow for us to walk side-by-side but we do it because that’s what he wants and I don’t want to risk upsetting him more. The two of us butt up closely together to avoid stepping into the road, so tightly to each other that barely a sliver of light separates our limbs. I’m on the uncomfortable side of the road—closest to the roaring traffic hurtling past us—as we stroll past the pub on the other side. I barely breathe, moving like a soldier with a deadly fear of explosive mines on either side of me. I half push up against him, terrified down to my core that I will stumble out into the road, and half recoil away from him. The pub is freshly painted and gleaming, it looks the same as it always does apart from the fresh coat of paint. The whitewashed bricks, the sign and an open door inviting would-be patrons to step inside its welcoming aromas. Daryl raises his arm to wave at someone who is smoking a cigarette and they wave back smiling. They don’t think anything is wrong, we’re just a happy couple walking together but they can’t see my face from there.

Even if they could, I’m invisible. Nothing more than a discarded wrapper blowing on past. Like me, I suppose the pub needs a lot of maintenance to keep up appearances. It too is perilously close to the danger that hurtles past every day.

SOME THOUGHTS FROM KATIE:

Should I blow out onto the road like the rubbish I am? Would it sweep me away and into the shadows?

I wonder if there were bars on the windows and doors, would I feel more trapped? Would I be able to tell the difference?

He’s going to kill me.

Am I the cause? Am I unlovable?

Oh, I knocked into the door handle. I tripped on my bag. Clumsy me!

Whoever this is, is dead.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Sarah Northwood is a multi-talented author, who not only writes poetry but is a dab hand at writing music too. Her love and passion for poetry is never more prominent than in her first children’s poem book, “Unicorns are real and other cool poems.” More recently Sarah has expanded her interests, and has three further published fiction works for adults. Despite covering the genres; horror, thriller and contemporary fiction, all of her works embrace deep and believable characters that will have you wanting to read more and sometimes cowering for the shadows in fear of what’s to come.

“Growing up in a little town, I was surrounded by animals and a loving family. However I never quite knew what I wanted to be when I was older. I’ve spent most of my working career working in science until a new life beckoned. Now I believe in never growing up! I am a Wife and Mum to two wonderful girls, who rock my world, they inspire me every day. I enjoy writing stories for children and adults. In particular I’m a fan of romance, rhyme, poetry and composing songs. In addition I also work part time at my local school, which I love! I have a trusty companion, Charlie, who is my King Charles spaniel. Wherever my adventures take me, he is by my side.”

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The Daughter of River Valley – Victoria Cornwall

Today I am reviewing a book by Victoria Cornwell which is perfect for Poldark fans everywhere. Many thanks to Victoria and to Rachel’s Random Resources (and NetGalley) for providing me with a copy of the book.

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Beth Jago appears to have the idyllic life, she has a trade to earn a living and a cottage of her own in Cornwall’s beautiful River Valley. Yet appearances can be deceptive …

Beth has a secret. Since inheriting her isolated cottage she has been receiving threats, so when she finds a man in her home she acts on her instincts. One frying pan to the head and she has robbed the handsome stranger of his memory and almost killed him.

Brought together by unknown circumstances, and fearful he may die, she reluctantly nurses the intruder back to health. Yet can she trust the man with no name who has entered her life, or is he as dangerous as his nightmares suggest? As they learn to trust one another, the outside threats worsen. Are they linked to the man with no past? Or is the real danger still outside waiting … and watching them both?

REVIEW:

After Beth Jago strikes an intruder around the head with a frying pan, both of their lives are irrevocably changed in this enthralling story of self-discovery. I will say nothing further of the man whose memory is snatched from him by Beth’s actions, for to do so would be to the detriment of a new reader’s enjoyment of the book.

Told in the shadow of the Crimean War and an ailing tin mining industry as the mines run dry, the fishing town of Port Carrek comes alive in vivid colour as Victoria Cornwell introduces its inhabitants and customs. Her description of the mystery man’s nightmares is so detailed that you could almost think that you had dreamt them yourself.

I now understand the the River Valley of the book is based on a real valley near Tintagel. I already have a love affair with Cornwall, and now it is going to be impossible to resist going back to see the inspiration for this beautiful book with my own eyes.

This book is available to buy now from Amazon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Victoria Cornwall. Profile Picture JPG  Victoria Cornwall can trace her Cornish roots as far back as the 18th century and it is this background and heritage which is the inspiration for her Cornish based novels.

Victoria’s writing has been shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romantic Fiction and her debut novel reached the final for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award.

Victoria likes to read and write historical fiction with a strong background story, but at its heart is the unmistakable emotion, even pain, of loving someone.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Social Media Links –

Website: http://victoriacornwall.com/

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victoriacornwall.author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VickieCornwall

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16069968.Victoria_Cornwall

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/vickiecornwall/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoria_cornwallx/

Many thanks to Victoria Cornwall and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for including me on the blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book. Don’t forget to head over to the other blogs on the tour.

 

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Our Endless Summer by Laurie Ellingham- SUMMER SALE!!!

I have exciting news today of a not-to-be-missed offer. I don’t know about you, but this sounds like the perfect holiday read to me! I’m off to the sales – who’s with me?

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One Endless Summer is in the UK Kindle Summer Sale. 

Until 31st August it is only 99p and can be purchased here

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How long can you keep a secret?

Three best friends are embarking on an all-expenses paid trip of their dreams. The only catch? Every moment will be documented on film.

Lizzie is finally ready to embrace adventure for the very first time. It’s their last three months together, but it is Lizzie’s time to finally start living!

Jaddi is known for her stunning looks, flirtatious attitude and many conquests. But Jaddi has a secret and on this last trip together she needs to decide whether her best friends will ever know the real her.

Samantha has always been the ‘grown up’ of the group, the one with a five year plan. What Lizzie and Jaddi don’t know is that Sam is trapped, and her perfect life isn’t quite what it seems…

As they trek across the globe Lizzie, Jaddi and Samantha must come to terms with loss, love and trusting one another. But will it all be too late…

‘Speechless at just how breathtaking this book really is.’
Rachel Gilbey

’Mind-blowing, enchanting, heart-breaking, moving, spell-binding and emotional.’
The Writing Garnet

MEET THE AUTHOR:

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When I am not running around after my two children, my husband, our cockerpoo Rodney, or just plain running, I love nothing more than disappearing into the fictional world of my characters, preferably with a large coffee and a slab of chocolate cake to hand.

I have a degree in Psychology and a background in Public relations, both of which help me in everything I do.

Social Media Links

Twitter: @LaurieEllingham

Facebook: @LaurieEllinghamAuthor

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Made with Love Take 2

The eagle-eyed among you would have spotted a very rare species on my blog last month – a non-book related post! I know, it’s almost unheard off, but it does happen. The post in question related to a silent auction for a beautiful handmade quilt, in aid of Home-Start Butser. Well, exciting news folks! We have found somewhere to display the quilt, so you can have a proper look at before you place your bids. It will be at Sew Creative on Lavant Street in Petersfield, before moving on to Petersfield Library. All the details can be found below, but just a couple of quick notes:-

  • Bids will only be accepted from people aged 18 or older.
  • The minimum bid we will accept is £100.
  • Payment is to be made via BACS to the Town Mayors Charity account.
  • Owing to the size of the quilt, it must be collected by the successful bidder (full details will be agreed following the notification of a successful bid). We are not able to post the quilt.
  • All personal data collected will be used for the purpose of the auction only, and will be deleted upon completion of the auction. With the possible exception of the winner’s name, with their consent, this will not be shared with any third parties.

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I really would encourage you to come and take a look, because photographs just don’t do it justice. It is a work of art, and hours of work went into it (and I can sing it’s praises because I wasn’t involved in the actual making, I was just a curious observer).

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Forgive Me Not – Samantha Tonge

Hopefully all of you saw the big reveal of the beautiful cover for this book a couple of weeks back. Well, publication day is finally here!!!! Here is a quick reminder of the blurb, as well as some links for where you can purchase your very own copy.

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How far would you go to make amends?

When Emma fled her home at Foxglove Farm, she’d let down and hurt those who cared for her most. But now, two years later, she’s ready to face up to her past; she’s ready to go back.

But Emma’s unannounced return causes more problems than she could have foreseen. The people she knew and loved aren’t ready to forget, let alone forgive. And the one person she wants to reconnect with the most, her mother, can’t remember who she is.

Just as Emma starts to rebuild trust, an uncovered family secret and a shocking past crime threaten her newly forged future…

Sometimes simply saying sorry isn’t enough.

Perfect for readers of Ruth Hogan or Amanda Prowse, this is an extraordinary and unforgettable novel about running away from yourself – and finding a way back.

REVIEW:

Where do I start! This book is just fantastic. Dealing as it does with a number of incredibly sensitive subjects, there was always the chance that things could go very dark, very quickly. However, Samantha’s delicate handling of each and every one of these topics made the book thought provoking, but never depressing.

The flashbacks to Emma’s time living on the streets provide a stark reminder that the homeless people around us are human too. Whatever their current situation, they once had homes, jobs, and people that loved them, and they are certainly not all there because of some wrong doing. I had a particular fondness for Stig and his beloved Duchess. Getting to know this character just shows how close any one of us is to ending up on the streets, a warning that is echoed by the struggles of the village owners fighting back against the rise of the huge supermarkets.

As someone with experience of a relative with dementia, I found that Emma’s struggle to reconnect with her mother heart-breaking, but at the same time Samantha’s description of their interactions were incredibly touching.

Above all, this book serves as a resounding reminder to just be kind to the people you meet. Everyone has their own story, their own struggles, which are not detectable by the naked eye.

On a final note, and without wanting to give anything away, brace yourself for the ending!

Purchase Links

This fantastic book is available from these sellers:

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sam Tonge - Canelo Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor

Website: http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

Many thanks to Samantha Tonge, everyone at Canelo, and Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Resources for enabling me to take part in today’s publication day events, and for providing me with a copy of the book.

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An Artisan Lovestyle – Kiltie Jackson

I recently had the privilege to take part in the cover reveal for An Artisan Lovestyle, and I am so happy that today I finally get to tell the world what I think of the latest offering from Kiltie Jackson. I fell in love with her debut novel A Rock & Roll Lovestyle earlier this year, so the follow up had big shoes to fill. Was it up to the challenge? Read on to find out.

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Are you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?

Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree to complete three tasks. They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December to fulfil their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail however…

‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of finding true love before their time runs out.

Will they do it?

Can they do it?

After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…

If that sounds good to you, you can purchase your very own copy here.  If, like me, you are supposed to be on a book buying ban, check out the very tempting giveaway below.

REVIEW:

To answer the question raised at the beginning of this post, I am pleased to report that An Artisan Lovestyle more than met my high expectations following A Rock & Roll Lovestyle (incidentally, if you haven’t read this yet, why not? Off you go, buy it now!) Slipping between the pages and rediscovering my favourite characters felt like coming home, with Kiltie’s easy, conversational style of writing greeting you like a mug of hot chocolate and a fleecy blanket (I’m having cravings for winter as I struggle through this heatwave!). As lovely as it was to see these old friends again, perhaps even more wonderful was getting the chance to better acquaint yourself with some of their loved ones who you had previously only had a little peek at. With the exception of the vile Sandra, I challenge you not to take each and every character straight into your heart.

An Artisan Lovestyle presents the unique premise of being given a second chance after death to change your life and start over, and to really live. At one level, this book is a lovely tale of two people who are given a second chance at finding happiness after wasting years just plodding through life, but on a deeper level it is a thought-provoking read that makes you really think about whether you are truly living, or just going through the motions. If you had a finite timeline in which to make some changes and really start living, what would you do? I know there are a few things I would change.

One character I feel deserves a special mention is Death himself. He had me in stitches. I am a big fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, and Death is my all time favourite character in the series. Well, Kiltie Jackson’s Death is right up there with him in my opinion. He deserves his very own novel about his adventures!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

An Artisan Lovestyle Head Shot Piccie  Kiltie grew up in Glasgow in Scotland. This is a very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life. When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.

Kiltie currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one grumpy husband. Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers! The cats kindly allow her and Mr Mogs to share their house on the condition they keep paying the mortgage!

Kiltie loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym! Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living.

Kiltie’s debut novel, ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’, was released in September 2017 and won a “Chill With A Book – Reader Award” in December 2017. She first began writing her debut novel eleven years before it was released but shelved it as she didn’t think it was very good. In November 2016 when, having read more on a best-selling author who had begun her own career as a self-published author, she was inspired to revisit the unfinished manuscript and finally finish what she had started. Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing.

‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is the second book in the Lovestyle Series. Work is due to begin on book three (not yet titled but also part of the Lovestyle Series) in the Summer of 2018. She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming.

Kiltie now lives her life around the following three quotes:

“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”

“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”

“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

Website www.kiltiejackson.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kiltiejackson

Twitter – https://twitter.com/KiltieJackson

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Thank you so much to the lovely Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for enabling me to take part in this blog tour, and to the equally lovely Kiltie Jackson for writing yet another wonderful book! Please have a look at the other blogs taking part on the tour for some extra special content.